My first Ranger was an 88 STX 4x std cab short box, came with a Sport Bar with disclaimers about expecting it to support the truck, funny things you remember, but it looked good, that’s all I cared about.
Lights mounted up top, four KC DayLighters… 150 watts each and home made antenna mounts, 2 meter Amateur Radio and the good old boys CB, needed that fur sur.
The “Roll” Bars do add a look that is different than the other trucks, most with some sort of Back Rack.
Put it in, see what it looks like and if it works for you then it's the “80’s thing” for you.
4x4, 5sp, Std Cab, Stepside, E4 Red
4” Lift - Coil-Overs, 6” SkyJacker Leafs - No Blocks (Mistake)
31 Spline FX4 Rear Axle, 4.56s and OX Locker, Hurst Shifter w/Optional Stick and "Made by Grev" alignment adapter